December 26, 2014 … the siesta is a fine tradition

Another Christmas is now in the rear-view mirror.

Weather

The weather was warm and still and reasonably dry until we had our lunch. After that, it dropped.

 

As I said in yesterday’s post, our family is thoroughly dispersed this year, so Mary and I made our own arrangements. We had decided to have a picnic lunch at Pauatahanui where, on other occasions I have sat in wait for kingfishers. There is a magnificent tree there and a seat near the car park. We chose to use our own folding seats, and spread our excellent lunch out and enjoyed each other’s company, despite the obvious band of weather approaching from the South. We finished lunch, Mary was reading a book, and I was sitting in the car having a postprandial nap. There was a sudden splatter of rain and then the view just disappeared.

Kayaks

Trying out the new toys, perhaps? Lowry Bay.

 

Happily the rain didn’t last for long and later in the afternoon I was at liberty to find my images for the day. In Lowry bay, a young couple were rather tentatively trying out what I think were new kayaks. The contrast with the dark water appealed to me.

Spoonbill

Somnolent spoonbill

 

At the Hutt River estuary some Royal Spoonbills were again making the most of a plentiful harvest with little concern for its murky past and its legacy of industrial heavy metals in the mud.  As with the previous shot, the dark water made a nice background to one of the birds who, like me, needed to nap after a good meal.

Pohutukawa

Metrosideros excelsa … the pohutukawa in all its Christmas glory

 

Where the road crosses the river , there is a sturdy stand of pohutukawa trees, and since it is known as New Zealand’s Christmas Tree, it seems an appropriate way to bring this year’s festivities to a conclusion.

I can feel my eyes closing again, so more tomorrow.

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About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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